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Melonie Ducre Johnson GM at Gold Strike

Melonie Ducre Johnson joins the MGM Resorts International team as the new general manager of Gold Strike Casino Resort near Tunica. She is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations while providing strategic direction for all divisions. She began her career in finance with Jazz Casino Co. in New Orleans, where she gained meaningful experience in setting the financial reporting and ...

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Isle of Capri Casinos announces closure of Natchez casino

NATCHEZ — Isle of Capri Casinos has announced it is closing its casino in Natchez, one of the oldest gambling houses in Mississippi. St. Louis-based Isle of Capri has owned the Natchez property, a dockside casino with 520 slot machines and six table games, since 2000. The company says in a news release Tuesday it has agreed to sell its ...

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Reviews are previews for potential hotel guests

By BECKY GILLETTE Years back, Marion Wingo, owner of Oak Shade Bed and Breakfast in Ocean Springs, used to get most of her bookings from advertising with the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce and then by word-of-mouth. “Now, of all the ways I get guests, the online reviews are the single greatest factor,” Wingo said. Wingo’s location a block off ...

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Drop in casino revenue means tax hike likely by levee board

CLARKSDALE — The Yazoo Mississippi Delta Levee Board has scheduled a public meeting July 9 on a proposed tax increase. Since 1996, levee board has not raised taxes. The Clarkdale Press Register reports that’s likely to change. The levee board — which is tasked with maintaining the levee system in 12 counties — got its revenue from casino rentals. The ...

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Casino industry veteran named GM at Beau Rivage

BILOXI — A casino industry veteran with Gulf Coast ties has been named general manager of the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino. Marcus Glover will be responsible for overseeing daily operations of the casino resort and provide direction and leadership. That’s according to a release from MGM Resorts International received by The Sun Herald. Glover most recently served as senior ...

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Sports betting could boost casino traffic

By FRANK BROWN At a time when many states are looking for ways to reverse sagging casino revenues, there’s a three-judge panel in New Jersey pondering a decision that could change the gambling playing field. In the next week or two, the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is expected to rule on a New Jersey challenge of the Bradley Act, ...

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Empty casino, warehouse part of military exercise in Biloxi

BILOXI — The former Margaritaville Casino and an empty warehouse in East Biloxi will be used by special forces for military training Aug. 1-8. The Sun Herald reports the city council this past week approved the training exercise that will occur over several nights on air, ground and water. Naval Special Warfare Command Group 2, which is listed on the ...

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Alabama budget woes: state’s GOP lawmakers look to gambling

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Republicans in both chambers of the Alabama Legislature are looking to gambling as a possible component of a solution to the state’s budget woes. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, filed a bill Tuesday that would authorize a lottery and four casinos. He said it is time to let Alabama voters decide the issue of gambling. ...

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Island View’s $58 million Beach Tower makes its debut

GULFPORT — A $58 million transformation of the beachfront tower at Island View Casino has turned the 18-story building into a hotel and conference center with a South Beach vibe and amenities that make it a luxury beach resort. The Sun Herald reports the new project gets its wow factor from the 405 rooms and suites that all have a ...

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